Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Making Breakfast Cereal

Ever make your own non-granola breakfast cereal? Making this particular kind isn't hard at all, though it does require a bit of planning ahead. It comes out a lot like Grape Nuts. The original recipe is found in Cooking from Quilt Country, though as with almost every recipe, I've tinkered a bit.

Graham Nuts

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
2 cups buttermilk or soured milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, spices and zest, if using, in a large bowl. Gently stir in buttermilk and vanilla. Mix completely. Spread batter evenly onto a large, well oiled, baking sheet with a spatula.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until firm and medium brown. Remove from pan and cool for several hours or overnight before proceeding to the next step.

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Break cake into chunks (and try not to let your kids eat too many pieces as a snack). Put the chunks into a food processor and pulse until it forms large crumbs. Divide between two large baking sheets with sides and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until crumbs are deeply toasted.

Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

In my family, some people prefer to eat with milk, as with any other cereal. Others prefer to mix it into yogurt. Do as you see fit.


Kim said...

Oh, this looks very intriguing! I'll have to give it a try! Hubs is a big Grape Nuts fan.

Herb of Grace said...

Ooh yes! We used to make this back home when I was a kid :) A big treat and a break from all the granola.

I'm so glad you posted about this today-- it's just the nudge I needed to remind me to post my New and Improved Not Oatmeal Oatmeal recipe. :) Have I successfully tempted you to come take a look?

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

How interesting! I'd never thought about making anything other than granola.

Found you via Meredith at Like Merchant Ships on Tumblr.

Musings of a Housewife said...

Interesting! My girls love my granola, but my son doesn't care for it so much. I'm going to give this a try.

Janis Gore said...

Hmmm. There might be a bird app in there.

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